'The word of mouth success of lockdown. . .Riveting, twisty, page-turning stuff' -GUARDIAN Picked as one of the 'BEST NOVELS OF 2020' by the Guardian, BBC Radio 4's Open Book, the Telegraph & Good Housekeeping magazine.

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Lucy Atkins is an award winning British author and journalist, who has written four novels. The most recent, MAGPIE LANE, was picked as one of the ‘best novels of 2020’ by the Guardian, the Telegraph, Good Housekeeping, and BBC Radio 4 Open Book. Many of her works are published internationally and THE NIGHT VISITOR (2017) has been optioned for television. 

Lucy teaches on the Creative Writing Masters degree at the University of Oxford. She is a book critic for the Sunday Times, was a judge for the 2017  Costa Book Awards and has written for UK newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Express, and many UK magazines

Before becoming an author, Lucy worked for Amnesty International (UK), and the Times Literary Supplement.  She studied English at Oxford University and was a Fulbright Scholar to the USA for a Masters in English & American literature. She has lived in Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia, and is now based in Oxford with her family. 

Find Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins or Instagram @lucyatkinswriter or see Contacts page.


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Magpie Lane recommended on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book

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